Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Grace (IN)

November 6, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College men's basketball team improved to a perfect 4-0 with a dominating 90-43 performance over the visiting Grace Royals this evening in a non-conference match up.

Dordt College used a 17-6 spurt, capped by a Cliff Warner 3 pointer to turn a mere five point cushion (16-11) at the 12:34 mark into a 16 point advantage (38-22) with two and half minutes to play in the first half. Back to back 3 pointers got the Royals back to within 10 but a pair of Trevor Wolterstorff free-throws gave the Defenders back their 16 point cushion (44-28) going in to half time.

The Defenders proceeded to score the first 16 points of the second half to blow the game open and found themselves leading by 32 (60-28)just 5 minutes in to the second half. Dordt College extended the lead to 40 points on an Elliott Christians layup at 10:36 and the Royals would not be able to cut in to the 40 point advantage for the duration as the Defenders pick up their 4th win to start the season.

Dordt's Cliff Warner led all scorers as the senior had 24 points, shooting 7 of 13 from the floor, including 6 of 12 from three point range and was a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe, Warner also had an assist and 2 steals. Jordan Vogel added 12 points for the Defenders while Nathan Rindels and Elliott Christians both had 10 coming off the bench for Dordt. Shawn Keizer and Elliott Christians were tied with team high honors in rebounds with 6 apiece and Trevor Wolterstorff led the Defenders with 4 assists.

The Royals were paced by Treston Mayo who finished with 10 points as the stifling Defender defense did not allow anyone else to score in double figures. Hakeem Stewart and Lance Evans both snared 7 rebound for Grace.

Dordt College held the Royals to just 26.1% shooting from the floor on 18 of 69 attempts. Grace shot 5 of 21 from beyond the arc for 23.8% and the Royals made 2 of 4 free throws in the contest and did not make a single trip to the line in the second half.

The Defenders were one field goal shy of shooting 50% from the floor as they made 30-61 (49.2%) including 11 of 26 from three point range. From the free throw line Dordt College was 19 of 27 for 70.4%.

The Royals narrowly outrebounded Dordt grabbing 44 boards to Dordt's 43, however Dordt forced Grace in to 24 turnovers while coughing the ball up only 12 times themselves.

Next up on the Defender's schedule is a pair of games in Orange City as part of the Northwestern Classic. On Friday, November 9, Dordt College will take on Waldorf at 6:00 pm and will follow that up with a game against AIB at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 10.

Dordt's Current Record: 4-0 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-2 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 44 46 90
Grace (IN) 28 15 43
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Elliott Christians 6
Shawn Keizer 6
Kyle Lindbergh 5
Trevor Wolterstorff 5
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Evans, Lance 7
Hakeem, Stewart 7
Hartung, JJ 6
Washington, Venice 5
Team Total: 44
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 24
Jordan Vogel 12
Elliott Christians 10
Nathan Rindels 10
Team Total: 90
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Mayo, Treston 10
Stewart, Hakeem 9
McNeel, Trenton 7
Plank, Spencer 6
Team Total: 43
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/61 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/26 42%
Free Throws: 19/27 70%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 18/69 26%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/21 24%
Free Throws: 2/4 50%

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